Detection and management of dementia is a complex issue and there are a range of screening tools, decision trees and management guidelines available to assist. There is also a great deal of information available to people with dementia and their carers, however previous local research, anecdotal evidence and the dementia literature all highlight the fact that people don’t know where to start looking for the information and supports they need.
Interviews and discussions with service providers have identified a similar situation, in that the providers themselves are often not fully aware of the range of services available to help them and their clients on their journey through the dementia pathway. The lack of a comprehensive package of information that carers can use as they step through the stages of dementia makes transition through the dementia pathway a very disjointed and stressful process.
The main purpose of the RDMS website is to share evidence based tools and resources with health professionals and to provide carers of people with dementia access to a comprehensive information resource that may assist their transition through the dementia journey.